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Seattle Art Museum

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Address: 1300 1st Avenue, Between Union & University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
Phone Number: 12066543100
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific...

SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle's landscape and personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle.

Our three distinct locations celebrate the region's position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Our collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. ​

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Good for a rainy afternoon

I stopped in recently at the end of a business trip to Seattle and enjoyed an afternoon at the museum. I was especially impressed with the collections related to native American... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Boston, Massachusetts

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Munich, Germany
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this is a great museum, basically medium sized with great art works from all over the world. at the time i was here they had a exhibition on loan from south america based on gold which was out standing. i would love again to return.

Thank euroboyde
Boston, Massachusetts
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped in recently at the end of a business trip to Seattle and enjoyed an afternoon at the museum. I was especially impressed with the collections related to native American art and the glass collections that reflected the influence of Chihuly. Exhibits were well-annotated and there were interesting videos that provided additional insights. I would recommend this if you... More 

Thank betteskid
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was fairly impressed with the temporary exhibit of Impressionists including Renoir, Seurat, Van Gogh, Manet. The permanent exhibits are varied and interesting - Aboriginal, French, Italian - a really wide range of artwork.

Thank 438brendak
Everett, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I have lived in the area and used to walk by SAM everyday during work hours, I had never actually been. We visited on a recent stay downtown for our anniversary. This was the highlight of our getaway. We did not go to the featured exhibit (impressionist) but there was still plenty to see. We were there for about... More 

Thank Brianna E
Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love impressionist art. This is my third show in three months and sadly the most expensive entrance and most disappointing exhibit. There was a notable Van Gogh and a single Monet, but mostly minor artists. Over 70 works though.

Thank BahamasArjuna
Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being from out of town, we didn't have a lot of time but purposely visited because of the Intimate Impressionism exhibition. It did not disappoint. Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Pissarro etc. all under one roof. Great show. Also, an excellent gift shop! Will return in the future too!

Thank TheMacJacks
Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was wonderful to stroll through the museum and I really want to go back when I have more time to see it all. It was too much for one trip. We were there for the Impressionism exhibit, so concentrated on that and didn't have much time for the rest of the exhibits. From what I did get to, I... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect but enjoyed the couple of hours to tour the SAM. They frequently have traveling exhibits on display and a wide variety of art. Definitely a bucket list item.

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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was staying nearby the SAM and I enjoy art so I stopped by to visit. I quickly learned that there is only one option for admission, $25 which includes the special exhibit. There is no admission for the permanent collection only. There was an impressionist exhibit at this time. I'm not at all interested in impressionist art but I... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visit this museum whenever I am in town. They always have an interesting exhibit going on. This time it was impressionist art loaned by the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The selection was good and well displayed. I love that kind of art so it was a home run for me. I visited the rest of the... More 

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